12 Helpful / 4 Not
not 4 me
Pros: There is a pro shop with a mediocre assortment of plastic at the base lodge. The workers were friendly and knowledgeable. The ride on the lift was probably the best part of my day. There was absolutely spectacular scenery with distant hills, streams of water, rough granite, and lush grass. The ride to the top probably took about 8 minutes.
Once I got to the top the day started to go downhill. (No pun intended) The operator at the top of the lift could not give me a very good explanation of how to get to the first hole. Upon finding the tee I was disappointed to find that for the fifteen dollars that I just dropped to play, the tee pads were horrible. The first three holes were pretty much flat to slightly uphill.
After finishing three I ran into the next problem that would plague me for the rest of the day. Where the hell do I go from here? There is never ever any signs near the basket that point you to the next tee. So I went up the same trail that had led me through the first three holes. I went about four hundred yards up a super steep climb only to find that that was not the way. Now after climbing uphill about two hundred feet in elevation I had to turn around and go back down. I finally found the tee for four half way back down the fairway for three.
The course then starts to go down in elevation from there. The holes for the rest of the way were ridiculously long and the fairways were honestly too narrow to be able to try to throw the kind of throw that would be necessary to achieve the distance required. You just can not afford to have any fade. The rough was literally so thick that in most places you could not enter it, so if you did fade any you were screwed. Forget about trying to throw out of it.
A few of the holes 12 in particular are natural drainage ways for the mountain. 12's entire fairway is super soggy. There were others but this one sticks out. It sucks to play the rest of the course with your shoes squishing.
Be aware that you are changing almost 1800 feet in elevation and it is hell on your legs. As far as the layout I would have to concede and say it is super challenging. But if you are not a top tier pro even the short tees (which are not more than 50 feet shorter on average than the pro tees) are just too long. I feel that two 18 holers could have been put in the same amount of area and it would have been so much more fun.
Cons: Bad tee pads
No next tee signs or arrows at any basket.
Needs one or even two sets of shorter tee pads
Other Thoughts: I hope that after reading this review you do not think that I just had a bad round. I actually finished just 6 over. I just feel that for the money I spent that there should have been a better experience available. I would not return here to play again.
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